Jennie Hassler Walburn Award
Presented to the members of the graduating Juris Doctor class who demonstrated excellence in the area of civil procedure.
Ashley L. Connelly
Once, when studying in a common area, I was discussing parental leave policies with another male student. On the point of men taking parental leave and making it a norm, I was told that men can't take parental leave when they have a child like women do -- they have important work to do, what if they had a trial.
"Our Nation has had a long and unfortunate history of sex discrimination, rationalized by an attitude of 'romantic paternalism' which, in practical effect, put women, not on a pedestal, but in a cage."
- Justice Brennan for the court, Frontiero v. Richardson, 411 U.S. 677 (1973).
I am grateful to all the professors who created the space for us to think critically about the law, its impact, and our role as lawyers. Also, thank you to my husband and daughter without whom I couldn't have made it through the past 3 years.